Besides the treat of having two world championship bouts, Filipino fight fans will be spoiled come November 10, as ONE Championship has released the full card for ONE Championship: Legends of the World.
In the main event, reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang will defend his title against ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen; in the co-main event, ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes will take on rising star Danny Kingad of Team Lakay.
Bantamweight bout: Kevin Belingon welcomes Kevin Chung to ONE
Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the famed Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, is one of the country’s most talented martial artists.
With a professional record of 16-5, the Filipino champion and former world title challenger is known as a fierce competitor, with the ability to finish opponents in a variety of methods. The 29-year old wushu stalwart owns seven huge knockouts on his resume, and is one of the most feared strikers in ONE Championship’s deep bantamweight division. In his last bout, Belingon stopped top contender Reece McLaren of Australia with a volley of devastating strikes.
He now takes on another tough task ahead in Kevin Chung.
Kevin “Old Boy” Chung is a 24-year-old South Korean martial artist who was born and raised in the United States. He began his amatuer career in his adoptive hometown of Centreville, Virginia, in 2010, and has since impressed with his spectacular performances inside the cage. Chung turned professional in 2015, and currently holds a perfect professional record of 4-0, with two of his four career wins having come by way of spectacular stoppage.
Chung prides himself on being an exciting competitor, willing to please the crowd by constantly seeking the highlight-reel finish.
Top flyweights Alex Silva and Hayato Suzuki cross paths
Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 34, is a second-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and world champion with a professional record of 5-1.
Silva is riding high with a four-bout winning streak, rapidly climbing ONE Championship’s stacked flyweight ranks. He is a technical grappling specialist with a penchant for securing highlight-reel submission finishes. With steadily increasing confidence, Silva’s last four victories have ended in spectacular fashion.
In his next outing, Silva takes on Japanese warrior Hayato Suzuki.
Hayato Suzuki of Saitama, Japan, 31, is a veteran martial artist with an unblemished professional record of 17-0 with two draws.
Spending the majority of his career competing in his native Japan, Suzuki is known as a highly-skilled competitor with the ability to finish his foes with heavy knockout power and technical grappling skills. Out of 17 wins, Suzuki has finished 12 of his opponents, including seven by submission and five by knockout. In his most recent bout, Suzuki submitted former world title challenger Joshua Pacio in the first round.
Women’s strawweight bout: Gina Iniong looks to make it two in a row
Top Filipino women’s martial arts contender Gina “Conviction” Iniong of Baguio City, Philippines, is a six-time national wushu champion and member of the renowned Team Lakay. She owns a professional martial arts record of 5-2, with three of her five victories coming by thrilling finish, including two highlight-reel submissions and one knockout.
In her last bout, Iniong impressed in her ONE Championship debut, defeating tough competitor Natalie Gonzales Hills by unanimous decision.
Female martial artist Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol of Jakarta, Indonesia, is an Indonesian national wushu champion who has trained in various striking disciplines such as kickboxing and wushu.
The 29-year-old made her ONE Championship debut against Singapore’s Tiffany Teo at ONE: Throne of Tigers last February, joining a growing list of elite female martial artists in Asia.
Reece McLaren drops to flyweight
Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 26, is a Filipino-Australian martial artist from Toowoomba, Australia, who sports a professional record of 9-5.
He made his ONE Championship debut in 2015 with a spectacular submission victory over top bantamweight contender Mark Striegl, and then followed up that win with a unanimous decision victory over highly-regarded talent Muin Gafurov. In December of 2016, McLaren challenged Bibiano Fernandes for the ONE Bantamweight World Championship, falling just short of victory by way of split decision.
Next for McLaren is a move to the flyweight division, as he faces top divisional talent Anatpong Bunrad.
Anatpong Bunrad, 31, of Thailand is one of the most talented strikers in the promotion’s deep flyweight division. He utilizes lightning quick and powerful strikes to subdue his opponents with sheer aggression, but also possesses the ability to finish on the ground with solid submission skills.
In his most recent bout, Bunrad dropped a close split decision to Filipino rival Geje Eustaquio.
Joshua Pacio, Roy Doliguez look to climb up strawweight ladder
Joshua Pacio of Baguio City, 21, is a top martial arts talent with a professional record of 9-2. He is one of the Philippines’ most talented strawweights and a member of the famed Team Lakay.
A rising star in Asian martial arts, Pacio is a wushu practitioner with a solid grappling repertoire. All but one of his career victories have come by spectacular finish, which includes five wins by submission and three by devastating knockout. A former ONE Strawweight World Championship Title Challenger, Pacio is looking to bring himself back to title contention with a victory.
A tough task is ahead of Pacio, however, as he is slated to lock horns with countryman Roy Doliguez.
Roy “The Dominator” Doliguez, 35, is considered one of the top strawweights in ONE Championship.
Doliguez, a former professional boxing champion with more than 40 pro bouts, made his ONE Championship debut in 2015, vying for the inaugural ONE Strawweight World Championship against former champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke. In his most recent bout, Doliguez scored the biggest win of his career, stopping Brazilian stalwart Yago Bryan via third-round knockout.
Kicking off an exciting card at ONE: Legends of the World, Chinese featherweight Xie Chao will take on Malaysia’s Kelvin Ong.
Xie was victorious in his most recent contest, submitting Marc Marcellinus with a first-round kimura in his promotional debut at ONE: Shanghai. Ong, who trains alongside Ann “Athena” Osman and AJ “Pyro” Lias Mansor at Borneo Tribal Squad, will try his best to derail Xie’s winning ways in one of the evening’s preliminary bouts.
Also featured in the prelims is a classic clash of grappler versus striker, as China’s national wrestling champion Peng Xue Wen takes on three-time national Kun Khmer champion Phat Soda of Cambodia in a three-round strawweight bout.
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